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Old September 9, 2008, 03:52 PM
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Ok, I'll try it out and let you all know how it goes.

Edit: I progressed a checkout to the point where it wants my credit card info, and have not seen anything about price-matching. Maybe it is for Canada only?
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Old September 9, 2008, 04:31 PM
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Ok, I did some reading, and I think I want a modular PSU, with enough PCI-E connectors to run Crossfire. Does anyone have any opinions on this one: Newegg.com - XIGMATEK MC NRP-MC751 750W ATX12V Ver.2.2 / EPS12V Ver. 2.92 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply - Power Supplies ?
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Old September 9, 2008, 05:14 PM
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Yes I was talking about that cooler. Also take a look at the Xigmatek version. It's more or less the same as the OCZ Vendetta 2.

I'd rather purchase a Corsair TX750 than go with the Xigmatek PSU.
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Old September 9, 2008, 05:16 PM
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What about a Zalman cooler, such as Newegg.com - ZALMAN CNPS9500 AT 2 Ball CPU Cooling Fan/Heatsink - CPU Fans & Heatsinks? I read very good things about those . .

Is there a ~750W modular PSU on newegg that you would recommend?
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Old September 9, 2008, 06:06 PM
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I have an OCZ Vendetta 2 and I think it is great. I had it installed with push pins but replaced them with the 775 bolt through kit from Thermaltake Thermalright LGA775 BOLT-THRU Kit for for Ultra 90/120 & HR-01 Retail Box from Direct Canada and it was cheap. Got MX-2 for it as well... you will not be disappointed by the Vendetta 2 I think. I use the stock fan that came with it but some suggest replacing it with a 'better' fan, that is your call.

I went with the Corsair TX750 PSU for my setup. I think it should have no problem with Crossfired 4870s from what I read. Modular is nice... and always an option.
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Old September 9, 2008, 06:20 PM
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Another vote for the Vendetta 2, even using the pushpins it keeps my quad @2.94 below 56*. For a good idea on hardware, check peoples Sigs. At least for the newer rigs you will see alot of Corsair PSU's or the PCP&P Quad 750 silencer, they are there for a reason...
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Old September 9, 2008, 06:31 PM
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Ok, since the Corsair 750TX will run me $109.99, it looks like that's what I'll get :)

For RAM, I'm going to get a DDR2 800 4 GB set rather than the 1066 I was looking at. I'm looking at Newegg.com - OCZ Reaper HPC Edition 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory - Desktop Memory or Newegg.com - CORSAIR 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory - Desktop Memory , but I'm concerned about the heat spreaders on the OCZ stuff fitting into my case along with a CPU Fan and everything. Does anyone have any experience with either of these, or can make a recommendation?
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Old September 9, 2008, 07:43 PM
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Good suggestions on here. I just wanted to cast a vote against the Zalman cooler in case that was still on your mind- the tower-style coolers are much more effective and Zalman has bad-quality fans (not quiet to begin with and the bearings wore out within 6 months and it was just grinding then). I personally would spend a few bucks more to get the current gen HDDs with 320-333GB/platter. Better density = more speed, fewer platters (less heat/noise). WD makes a 1 platter 320aaks.

Also, I checked my p5Q Pro box for extra SATA cables, and there were none, so it is confirmed that there are only 2 included- make sure to pick up an extra.
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Old September 9, 2008, 07:56 PM
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How can I tell the platter make-up of hard drives? I currently have 2 Newegg.com - Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 ST3250410AS 250GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - Internal Hard Drives and 1 Newegg.com - Western Digital Caviar SE16 WD6400AAKS 640GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - Internal Hard Drives in my build. How are those?
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Old September 9, 2008, 08:14 PM
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I guess I'll fold to peer pressure and put the OCZ Vendetta 2 cooler into my system :)

FYI, I updated the build at the beginning to reflect my changes.
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